News Archive

Lake Meadows begins new renovation phase

The beginning of the second renovation phase of Lake Meadows Shopping Center at 3357 S. King Dr. in Bronzeville, including the first Culvers within Chicago city limits, Taco Bell, T-Mobile, and a UPS store along with an external facelift of existing properties, has drawn aldermanic praise and a watchful nod from a local organization leader. […]


Host ‘book meeting in box’ at home

Editor Tom Tresser, who published the book Chicago Is Not Broke, is asking people to host a “book meeting in a box” at their homes.


Roosevelt Square library/housing mix riles local community

Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) officials, representatives of redeveloper Related Midwest, and Alderman Jason Ervin (28th Ward) on Sept. 18 discussed plans for a new community library with several floors of public housing…


River City, University Center signal changing South Loop landscape

By Rick Romano Proposed changes to two South Loop buildings signal an evolving economic landscape and the area’s continuing residential and commercial growth. River City, the mixed-use structure at 800 S. Wells St., has 449 condominiums and street-level businesses. Condo owners are weighing a $100 million buyout to covert the building to apartments. Officials from […]


Rainbow PUSH, activists push back on Trump’s voter fraud commission

By Igor Studenkov Allegations of voter fraud have been a hot topic since the 2016 presidential campaign. As a candidate, Donald Trump made multiple claims that the voting system is “rigged” and that there is “large scale voter fraud” in presidential elections. On May 11, President Trump launched the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. […]


Debate continues over an additional tax on Chinatown

By Madeline Makoul As leaders continue improvements to strengthen Chinatown, community members continue to debate a new tax to pay for those upgrades. Ernest Wong, president of Site Design Group Ltd. and a Chinese American Service League (CASL) board member, wrote an open letter expressing his support for implementing the long debated Special Service Area […]


Activists demanding rent control, more affordable housing in area

By Patrick Butler Can a group of fed-up neighbors halt gentrification in Pilsen? A group of neighborhood residents and outside supporters met Sept. 18 at the former Casa Aztlan, 1831 S. Racine Ave., and went door to door collecting signatures on referendum petitions demanding repeal of a State law banning rent control. The petitioners also […]


CTA to continue 31st Street bus through March

Editor’s Note: The “Update” section provides the latest information on news items that the Gazette has covered in previous editions. Advocates for the Chicago Transit Authority’s 31st Street bus route, including Alderman Patrick D. Thompson (11th Ward), Cook County Board Commissioner John Daley (11th District), and Rev. Tom Gaulke of First Lutheran Church of the […]


Park Works site, gentrification worry community

By Patrick Butler The Pilsen Alliance had been trying for weeks to get a face-to-face meeting with Property Markets Group CEO Noah Gottlieb concerning a 7.86-acre site bounded by 16th and 18th Streets, Newberry Avenue, and Peoria Street, previously owned by the Midwest Jesuit Order, which PMG plans to develop as Park Works. The community […]


New rec center coming to Addams/Medill

Addams/Medill Park at 1301 W. 14th St. soon will be the site of a major new facility, the Exelon Student Recreation Center. Development costs for the 100,000 square foot multi-purpose indoor recreation center and its outdoor area will total $25 million. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the facility will “provide Near West Side residents with a […]


Chicago Marathon – Celebrating 40 years

Join us on Sunday, October 8, 2017 as we celebrate 40 years of running on Chicago spirit.


City moves forward on library/housing plans on Taylor Street despite vocal opposition

Near West Side residents have been protesting the idea of a new Taylor Street library…